AK Grad provides online courses for credit recovery or original credit for students enrolled in a home school program or registered as a student in a school district. AK Grad is unique in that it is an Alaskan home grown organization based out of Yukon-Koyukuk School District, and provides original courses developed by Alaskan teachers who have taught in schools around Alaska.
AK Grad was originally known as the AIDE Program. The programs humble origins began in 2002 by Joe Marley, a principal/teacher in Koyukuk. Joe was an exceptional principal, teacher, colleague, friend, and an all around wonderful person who would do anything to help anyone. He started designing the courses after seeing too many of his students struggle with the structure of a traditional classroom setting.
Over the next few years, Joe began offering his courses to the entire district in both asynchronous and blended formats after other schools began seeing the success he was having with struggling students. Over the years, Joe continued to grow the program by finding ways to better support students online. Unfortunately, Joe, who was fighting cancer while still teaching, passed away in 2015. Before passing, Joe made sure to pass along his wealth of knowledge and a succesful program to Nicholas Graves, a Raven Homeschool teacher, who started running the program. Following these events, the program gained a name change to AK Grad, and continued to improve upon what Joe had started.
Today, the program has implemented a new course management system, with updates on course materials and course offerings. In addition, new courses are being written every year, along with the hiring of a new teacher and course designer. AK Grad's goal is to continue to provide home-grown credit recovery courses, original credit courses to students in Alaska to help students graduate High School, and provide a flexible alternative to earning high school credit.
Nicholas Graves, M.A.Ed
Greetings! My name is Mr. Graves and I'm the Program Instructor at AK Grad. I've been an Alaskan educator for ten years and spent that time in a variety of teaching positions. I love spending time with my family, being outside, and any kind of cooking. Seeing students succeed and meet their own expectations are what makes what I do worth it! Feel free to contact me any time you have have a question!
Christina Hum, M.A.Ed
I am an Online Instructor and Designer for AKGrad.
First and foremost, I am a learner, followed closely with being a teacher. Though I am certified in science and highly qualified in math, I am a passionate technology teacher and believer in games and fun as part of our learning process, whether online or in a blended environment. But my true life passion is helping students find their interests and their own passions so they can succeed. I believe in the potential of every learner, regardless of disabilities, age, race, or other socioeconomic factors. I believe that the learning environment is a team experience that can spur and encourage high-quality experiences for one another. You can find me not just behind the keyboard, but outside on my bike, hiking, doing a bit of art or even traveling to explore the world a bit more.